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September 11, 2001 Terrorists use three hijacked commercial airliners to conduct suicide attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, DC. A fourth plane fails in its attempt and crashes after passengers wrest control from the hijackers. Thousands of lives were lost in this horrible tragedy which immediately launched the United States into a widespread war against terrorism.
November 14, 2001 The return of the American aircraft carrier U.S.S Enterprise after its service in military actions overseas was heralded.
2002 Earth launches Nomad, the first interstellar probe charged with seeking out new life forms. Nomad was built by the brilliant but erratic Jackson Roykirk, who's goal was to build the perfect thinking machine capable of independent logic. Nomad is later presumed destroyed in a meteor collision.
2009 Captain Shaun Geoffrey Christopher leads a successful Earth-Saturn space mission, paving the way for the continuation of manned space exploration.
2018 The Dax symbiont is born on Trill. Dax's first host is Lela Dax, who becomes the first woman to serve on the Trill Council.
2020 The U.S. Government creates special Sanctuary Districts for homeless people and the unemployed.
2024 The Bell Riots, led by Gabriel Bell, break out in San Francisco on Earth.
2025 The reunification of Ireland.
2026 Buck Bokai, a shortstop from the London Kings, breaks Joe DiMaggio's hitting record in the game of baseball.
2030 A lunar orbiter plane is first used.
2030 Zefram Cochrane, inventor of the warp drive, is born.
2031 Captain Mitchell is born on Earth
October 19, 2032 Lieutenant John Kelly, piloting the Ares IV command module in Mars orbit, reports the approach of a large unknown object seconds before he and his craft vanish. Crewmates Rose Kumagawa and Andrei Novakovich, on the planet's surface at the time, are stranded but later rescued.